Category Archives: Maryland Events

Annapolis Arts Crafts Festival and Eastport-A-Rockin’ 2013

June 5, 2013 by Maryland B&B Association

Whether you want to soak in the colonial heritage of the United States first capital from 1783-1784, set sail in the Sailing Capital of the World, or enjoy the thriving art scene, the vibrant city of Annapolis, Maryland offers something for everyone, including relaxing and historic Annapolis, Maryland bed and breakfasts. The more than four million people who visit this historic city each year can’t be wrong!

This month, Annapolis shines a spotlight on the craftsmen, artisans, and furniture makers that are an important part of this city’s history. Annapolis thrived as a result of these businesses. The Annual Annapolis Arts and Crafts Festival will take place June 8 & 9, 2013 at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. Enjoy the paintings, sculptures, and jewelry from more than 200 artists. After sipping some Maryland wine and toasting the artists’ inspirational work, make your way back to The Flag House Inn and unwind on the large front porch. Located in the National Historic District, this inn is one of the largest private homes near the waterfront. Enjoy the nautical art and memorabilia, fine paintings, and antiques on display in your room before retiring for the night.

End your stay in Annapolis at a rockin’ musical arts scene. Eastport A Rockin’ taking place on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at the Annapolis Maritime Museum, is known as the local music festival of the summer. Three stages will feature 25 local bands from the Chesapeake region performing rock, folk, jazz, bluegrass, and funk. When you’re done rockin’ out, escape to the quaint, friendly setting at Chez Amis Bed and Breakfast (translation is “House of Friends”). Just like close friends, this inn embraces guests with its French country-styled common area designed for reading, conversation, and indulging in homemade goodies. Wake up each morning to a three-course gourmet breakfast before exploring the State Capitol, antique shops and fabulous dining all located just steps from the inn.

Visitors need look no further than Maryland for a getaway that will satisfy history buffs and everyone in between. Make your way to Annapolis this month to celebrate art at its finest. You’ll enjoy the work of these present-day artists even as you encounter history and B&Bs located in the charming Annapolis Region.

Maryland Festivals: Sugarloaf Craft & Pork in the Park

March 28, 2013 by Maryland B&B Association

Maryland reawakens in April from its long winter slumber, springing back to life with a great assortment of festivals and events that delight both our local residents and visiting guests.   Innkeepers have completed their spring cleaning, and are ready to welcome you for your next visit!

We’d like to share two upcoming events scheduled for mid-April 2013 and let you know about the Maryland Bed & Breakfast Association members conveniently located near these activities.

April 12-14, 2013
Sugarloaf Craft Festival  
Montgomery County Fairgrounds
Gaithersburg, Maryland      

Here are a few of our members near the Montgomery County Fairgrounds:
Inn at Norwood 
Gramercy Mansion
Pleasant  Springs Farm B&B 

Also check in our “Places to Stay” section of the Maryland Bed & Breakfast Association website to find other member inns.

April 19-21, 2013
Pork in the Park BBQ Festival   
Winterplace Park
Salisbury, Maryland

Here are a few of our members that are nearby this BBQ Festival:
Inn on the Ocean  
Whitehaven B&B 
Atlantic House B&B 

Check back next week for more happenings in Maryland!

Maryland Bed & Breakfast at MidAtlantic Conference 2013

March 1, 2013 by Maryland B&B Association

Whether you are an aspiring or veteran innkeeper, we hope you are making plans to attend this year’s MidAtlantic Innkeepers Trade Show & Conference taking place March 10-11-12, 2013 in our home state:  Hunt Valley, Maryland!

2013 marks the 6th Annual gathering and this conference has been growing in popularity among innkeepers each year.  Pete Holladay and his team do an excellent job of attracting experts from around the country to present on the latest trends and issues important to the hospitality industry.  Topics range from Google updates and internet marketing to mid-week business development and cooking with tea!

The trade show floor will be teaming with experts in their field, each looking forward to visiting with and updating innkeepers on their latest products and services. 

Your Maryland Bed & Breakfast Association is proud to endorse the MidAtlantic Innkeepers Trade Show & Conference, and we will participate as an exhibitor:  visit us in Foyer 3 in the Exhibition Hall – and say hello to new President, Brian McCarthy (Atlantic House Bed & Breakfast, Ocean City MD).  Be sure to pick up information on “Partnering With the State” and learn more about the discounts available to our members through our preferred vendor relationships. 

For information about registering for the conference, visit the MidAtlantic Innkeepers conference registration page.  Hope to see you there!

November Events For Your Maryland Getaway

October 30, 2012 by Maryland B&B Association

November is almost here, and with it comes some unique events that you can only find here in Maryland.  If you plan to take a vacation to any of our charming Mid-Atlantic inns, make sure to set aside some time to take in these great happenings.

November 3-4, 2012:  Fall Fest of Fine Art in Ocean City, MD
The Atlantic House Bed and Breakfast and Inn on the Ocean Bed and Breakfast welcome you during this major arts event.  Located at the Ocean City Convention Center on 40th Street, this even features vendors from here in Maryland, and across the United States.  Nearly 6,000 attendees come to discover a wide variety of professional artistry products, perfect for your home, or for gifts.

November 3-4, 2012:  Christmas Craft Expo in Ocean City, MD
The sister show to the Fall Fest of Fine Art, The Christmas Craft Expo craft show is also located in the Ocean City Convention Center.  In fact, one admission cost will get you into both shows (Just $5 for adults, $4 for attendees aged 13-17, and free for children under 12 when accompanied by an adult)!  Crafters from all over the country will be in attendance, offering wares of wood, glass, ceramics, paper, fabrics, and more.

November 9, 10, and 11, 2012: Waterfowl Festival in Easton, MD
The Bishops House Bed and Breakfast and John S. McDaniel House Bed and Breakfast offer unparalleled hospitality during the area’s premier fall wildlife event!  What began as three small preservation-minded exhibits in 1970 has blossomed into a full-fledged eco-celebration, able to support hundreds of conservation projects.  The event features information, demonstrations, auctions, and contests, complete with kids’ activities, and shopping opportunities for everything from gear to fine art, making this the perfect family activity!  One $12 admission cost will grant you access to all three days of the event; children under 12 years old are free.

November 10-11, 2012: Unique Boutique in Hollywood, MD
More than 40 artisans will be present at the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department.  Wares include fine art, stained glass, ceramics, candles, bath products, jewelry, fiber art, paper art, and much more.  Admission is free, and there will be food available at the event, so come at your convenience.  The Victorian Candle Bed and Breakfast welcomes you during the show!

Now through November 17, 2012:  The Main Street Farmer’s Market in Gaithersburg, MD

Farmers from around the area share the Market with local artists and crafters each Saturday at the Main Street Pavilion (301 Main Street).  You’ll find fresh produce, herbs, jams/jellies, baked goods, honey, jewelry, bath products, yard art, fiber art, and much more!  The market is open from 10am to 2pm.

Every Wednesday in Crumpton, MD:  The Crumption Auction
Once per week, you can take part in one of the best auctions in the state.  The Crumpton Auction at Dixon’s Furniture features furniture, art, china, housewares, and some very interesting collectibles, both modern and antique.  There’s just no telling WHAT will turn up!  Photos of some items/lots are posted the day before the auction, however this is just an idea of what all might be for sale.  Auctions start at 8:00am promptly each day.  New buyers should contact the Main Office at 410-928-3006 for information about setting up an account with the auction.  For your convenience, the Brampton Bed and Breakfast Inn in Chestertown, Crow Farmstay Bed and Breakfast in Kennedyville, the Inn at Huntingfield Creek in Rock Hall, and the Moonlight Bay Inn in Rock Hall are all within 10 miles of the auction site.

Of course, this doesn’t include all the post-Thanksgiving, Christmas-related events that will happen all over!  Your Maryland Bed and Breakfast Association innkeeper will be happy to provide more information on additional area activities close to their individual inns.  So plan your Maryland getaway at your favorite inn accommodations anywhere in the state.

Chestertown MD: Sultana Project + Wildlife Festival October 2012

September 25, 2012 by Maryland B&B Association

October visits to Chestertown, Maryland are fun for adults and children alike with a wide array of events and festivals to choose from.  This year, the Maryland Bed and Breakfast Association members would like to share 2 great options for everyone to put on their calendars.

Chestertown Wildlife Festival
Exhibition & Sale
October 19-20, 2012
Now in its 33rd year, the Chestertown Wildlife Festival showcases wildlife art for sale in support of the preservation and protection of wildlife habitat and ecosystems along the Eastern Shore.   This annual event has raised not only substantial funds in support of this mission, but public awareness as well.
Two highlights of this weekend are the Grand Opening Shucker’s Ball on Friday night, and the Wine & Beer Tasting Saturday afternoon.  If you don’t already have your tickets to one or both of these events, you can purchase them online
There are plenty of opportunities in the weekend schedule for wildlife supporters of all ages to meet local crafters, see raptors up close, build a Maryland Wood Duck nesting box, check out the Calling Competition, and more.  Don’t miss the Regional Food Court for some pretty tasty local treats!

Sultana Projects presents:
Downrigging Weekend
Tall Ship and Wooden Boat Festival

October 26-27-28, 2012

The Downrigging Weekend is a premier event in the Chesapeake Bay, dating back to the end of the sailing season of the schooner Sultana and now serves as a celebration of maritime culture and history in Northeast. Festivities center around one of America’s best preserved historic seaports: our harbor is packed with tall ships, wooden boats, and schooners.  Have you ever dreamed of sailing on a Tall Ship?  Now’s your chance to register for one of three sailing opportunities down the Chester River.  Tours of the Tall Ships are available as well.

The weekend schedule is packed with fireworks, lectures by author Mark Kurlansky and film maker David Conover, family boat building, musical performances by The Lions of Bluegrass, Tim Erickson, Pam Ortiz & Friends, and God’s Wealth.  Most of the events will take place in a 2 block area of Chestertown Waterfront – so there will be plenty of great places to take a break and have a bite to eat.   

Make plans now to enjoy one or both of these special weekends, and book your stay at one of our Maryland Bed and Breakfast Association member inns located in or near Chestertown.  They can give you special tips on where to park, and how to make the most of your October visit to Chestertown!

In and a short drive from Chestertown: 
The Brampton Bed and Breakfast Inn
Crow Farmstay B&B
Inn at Huntingfield Creek
Moonlight Bay Inn